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Arkansas redshirt senior OLB Braylon Mitchell accepted an invitation to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

The 6-foot-2, 234-pound Mitchell turned into a reliable run-stuffing presence in 2014 after struggling to diagnose plays previously. "Mitchell is light on his feet and changes directions fluidly but too often is a step slow in recognizing the play and is more of a tentative grab and drag tackler rather than a heat-seeking missile," CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote over the summer. Scouts figure to be attracted to Mitchell's athletic gifts.
Dec 26 - 1:35 PM

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema noted that junior RB Jonathan Williams has decided to return for his senior season.

The Arkansas prospect had recently filed for feedback from the Draft Advisory Board and was believed to make the jump to the next level, if he had received a good grade. Williams rushed for 1,085 yards and 11 touchdowns this season on 188 carries, good for 5.8 yards per carry. The 6-foot, 223-pounder helped Arkansas rebound from a 3-9 record last season, to helping the Razorbacks reach their first bowl game in three years.
Dec 25 - 5:00 AM

Arkansas senior LB Martrell Spaight is one of the SEC prospects with most to prove to NFL scouts in his bowl game, notes NFL.com.

Spaight is an ultra-productive defensive leader who has collected 123 tackles -- 55 more than any other Razorbacks' player -- 8.5 tackles for loss and an interception in 2014. "Before the season began, Spaight wasn't on the prospect radar," wrote Chase Goodbread. "And why would he be? He spent two years in junior college and did little to distinguish himself on a terrible Arkansas team as a junior in 2013. But 123 tackles and a Senior Bowl invitation later, he might be the biggest reason an NFL scout would want to watch the Razorbacks in this game. He has the requisite NFL size at 6-3, 230 pounds, and brings a level of passion to the position that scouts love. A big game against Texas would help solidify his reputation as a draft riser." Spaight is a thumper who must show scouts he's cleaned up the technical aspects of his craft. Arkansas plays in the Texas Bowl against Texas on Dec. 29.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 21 - 6:46 PM

Arkansas sophomore RB Korliss Marshall will not return to the program next year.

"He'll never be with us again," coach Bret Bielema said. "I met with him last night for 45 minutes to an hour just trying to narrow some schools down that he would like to take a peek at. We also looked at the Canadian Football League for him as well." Arkansas' third-string back is currently suspended for a violation of university policy. "He's never going to have the opportunity to play for the Razorbacks again, but hopefully this will be a steppingstone to something in the right direction instead of the wrong direction," Bielema said. As for his assessment on Marshall, the coach said: "He's very explosive. He's dynamic. In the SEC he was able to outrun people, which is saying something. But in the program we have here at Arkansas, we believe in the total picture."
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 18 - 12:32 AM

Arkansas filed for feedback from the Draft Advisory Board on behalf of junior RB Jonathan Williams.

Williams has rushed for 1,085 yards and 11 touchdowns this season on 188 carries, good for 5.8 yards per carry. "If he gets a good draft grade that says he should go out, I'll help him make that decision," Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said. "If it tells him to come back, we'll explain the situation and hopefully he'll make great choices." Williams won't be graded as a Round 1 or 2 pick, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll return to school.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 17 - 10:03 PM

Arkansas redshirt junior S Rohan Gaines has been suspended for the school's bowl game against Texas.

Gaines was suspended for an unspecified violation of team policy, but head coach Bret Bielema said the safety could return to the team in January. Gaines has started a number of games over the last three seasons.
Source: ESPN
Dec 15 - 11:55 AM

Arkansas senior CB Carroll Washington has been suspended for the school's bowl game against Texas.

The suspension is for an unspecified violation of team policy and ends his collegiate career. The corner played in all 12 games this season.
Source: ESPN
Dec 15 - 11:43 AM

Arkansas HC Bret Bielema was offered the Nebraska job on Wednesday but turned it down, according to NFL Media's Gil Brandt.

Brandt has deep connections in a number of college programs due to his tenured time in football. Bielema has only been at Arkansas for two seasons and he finally seemed to put his stamp on the team in 2014 in terms of offensive style.
Dec 4 - 2:06 PM

Arkansas sophomore RB Korliss Marshall plans to transfer.

Head coach Bret Bielema said Marshall will not participate in bowl workouts. Marshall has not been a focal point of the Razorbacks' offense in his first two seasons but does sport a nice yards per carry average, rushing for 265 yards and one touchdown on 42 attempts. He has barely touched the football int he last six games.
Dec 4 - 11:09 AM

FootballScoop.com reports that Nebraska is targeting Arkansas HC Bret Bielema to replace Bo Pelini.

The site also reports that the Huskers are "in serious talks" with Bielema. Nebraska’s athletic director, Shawn Eichorst, worked for with Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez from 2009-11 and is purported to be a huge fan of Bielema's. It might seem like a tall task to convince Bielema to leave two years into his Arkansas tenure after he's rebuilt the program as he sees fit and has it headed towards SEC competitiveness, but this is, of course Bret Bielema. And Bret Bielema has pulled off a bigger stunner before, leaving a cushy job with the Badgers for the rebuilding effort required at Arkansas. For what it's worth, Bielema is telling the media that he's committed to Arkansas long-term.
Dec 3 - 5:26 PM

Arkansas senior LB Martrell Spaight accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.

Spaight is an ultra-productive defensive leader who has collected 123 tackles -- 55 more than any other Razorbacks' player -- 8.5 tackles for loss and an interception in 2014. He's a big hitter who will set out to prove to coaches and scouts that he's cleaned up the technical aspects of his craft.
Source: Senior Bowl
Dec 2 - 9:58 PM

Arkansas DE Trey Flowers is "bigger than [Missouri DEs Shane Ray and Markus Golden) and stouter against the run," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Flowers accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl last week. The 6-foot-4, 262-pounder had a nice game which would have been even better if two big plays hadn't been called back, costing him a sack/fumble and a touchdown off a blocked field goal. "[Flowers] doesn't possess Ray's explosive burst off the edge - which could keep Flowers out of the first round - but he is quick enough to cross the face of tackles and uses his hands well to bat away blockers' attempts to latch on," Rang wrote. "Flowers' long arms, strength and good agility (including an effective spin move) helped him record eight tackles, including a sack and two passes broken up against the Missouri."
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 30 - 8:01 PM

Arkansas DE Trey Flowers accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

The 6-foot-4, 262-pounder's rush game is far more power than agility or bend-based. He's a disruptive college end who has showed well against future NFL prospects, including Texas A&M's Germain Ifedi.
Source: Senior Bowl
Nov 25 - 10:29 PM

Arkansas junior WR Keon Hatcher had two catches for 58 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 30-0 demolition of Ole Miss.

Arkansas' game plan calls for runs as first, second and third options, which unfortunately constricts Hatcher's production (493 receiving yards on the season). Make no mistake, though: This is an NFL receiver. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported earlier this season that Hatcher will likely make himself available for the 2015 draft. Pauline graded Hatcher as a Rds. 2-3 prospect. "He’s a well sized receiver who can take over games. Hatcher’s consistent and wins out for contested passes," Pauline wrote.
Nov 24 - 12:28 AM

Arkansas senior TE A.J. Derby has accepted an invitation to the East West Shrine game.

Derby is a converted quarterback from Iowa via a stint in JUCO. The senior tight end class is extremely thing, but Derby is one of the more intriguing names. He continues to show improvement despite a diminutive stat line of 21 receptions for 290 yards and three touchdowns.
Nov 22 - 10:43 AM


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